Lucas Firesmith goes under the knife

LokiI’m sure B&P readers are familiar with Mike Firesmith and know of his love for animals, especially the ones he has.  His dog Lucas has a bad tumor or his face that will kill him in just a few months if nothing is done.  Lucas will undergo surgery on Tuesday at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville in a bid to try to save his life. 

You can read about Mike’s decision to opt for the surgery here.   You can also make a donation on that page to help defray what are sure to be substantial medical bills.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and Lucas during this trying time.


Downtown Danno

Downtown danno

I received an email last night.  Dan A. writes.

Hey jonco,

Im in your city for teh first time ever! Went to the cards game tonight, drank beer waist they won. Flying home late tomorrow. Hope ur well!


Well, Danno, I’m not sure exactly what you said but it sounds like you had a good time.  Hope you got to go to the arch and/or something else in the area before you enjoyed the $9 beers at the ballpark. 

And thanks for bringing home another winner to the Cardinals, the team with the best record in baseball (for the moment).




That1chick dogB&P neighbor That1chick has a new member of the family.  She rescued this beautiful girl on Monday from the Fort Hood Animal Control in Texas near where she lives and works.  She hasn’t decided on a name yet but they’re getting along just fine. 

I think shelter dogs have a way of knowing that you saved their lives and that creates a special bond between you.

Best of luck with her.


Meeting me – Meeting you

Meeting tim2I had the pleasure of having dinner with Tim S. from Chicago this evening.  We met at Bandana’s BBQ, a local favorite here in the St. Louis area.  Tim is in the area this week working as a software consultant. 

We chatted about movies and TV shows, blogging and of course the weather in Chicago vs. St. Louis. (At least he isn’t a big Cubs fan.)  I’ve confirmed that Tim’s memories of old movies is much better than mine.

They all but ran us out at closing time.  I had my camera with me but just forgot to get a picture.  So, I created one that is real close to what the photo would have been like.  I’m the one on the left.


Happy Thanksgiving

Thank youI’d just like to wish all the B&Pers in the neighborhood a Happy Thanksgiving.  Well, those of you in the U.S. anyway.   To those everywhere else around the world, Happy Thursday! 

I’m thankful for those that I have met in person; people who came to the BABBQs like DJ, Richard,  Gary & Ariane, Danny & Linda, Ken, Anthony, Scott, Danielle and Nick, and Frank.  

I’m also thankful for the people I’ve met out on the road.  People like Infidel in Georgia, Mike Firesmith in Georgia, Sonya & Jeff, Jody & Grace, Fungus and Lunchbox (Dave and Mike) all from Florida, Bill the Painter in Kansas City, Revrick in Nashville, and Charlie in Dallas and John Walkenbach.  I’m thankful to have met the Las Vegas crew; Scott & Chris, David G, Lorena & Driana, Sara & Anthony, our Vegas guides Barb & Paul, Deborah & Elliot, Shannon and of course Bella.  My apologies if I left someone out. 

People like you are the reason I still love doing Bits & Pieces after almost eleven years.  And the hopes of meeting other regular B&Pers like Maffu in the UK, Miss Silver in New Zealand, Aubrey, Sander, Grumpy in Canada, J-Bird, Carter way over in St. Louis, Lloyd, Dabba, Maoman, p1t0, Woohoo, oldbear, Janet in Ireland, Anne in Michigan, Paul in Boca, A&L, hcmon in California, Qoumidan, Andy from Beaverton, Sandie in Las Vegas, Mathman54, Jarrod, Barbwire, Pastor Fred, Tehobu, Steve, Grog, Buckwheat, Goddess in Chicago, Marni in Florida, Mary,  Grace, Mike from Spain, Ron, Greg, Mark, … the list goes on and on and on.

I’m thankful for the people who send me things for B&P.  The regulars like Mike Firesmith and Mike (from Spain),  M C W, Big Red Kev, DJ, Ron L, Rich, Charlie from SanFran, and this list goes on and on.  Whether you sent me one thing or send me stuff daily, I appreciate it. 

I’m appreciative of my fellow bloggers whom I borrow content from and who occasionally actively participate here with comments and suggestions.  Blogs like Miss Cellania, AmyOops, Tastefully Offensive,  MCW’s Crazy Lazy Silly and Strange, Funny 2, just to name a few.  Links to these and more can be found in the sidebar of B&P.

Most importantly I appreciate your financial donations. They help keep me going and are vital in keeping B&P up and productive.

Thank you and I hope you all have a great day!    Happy Thanksgiving!


B&P Presidential Election Poll

Tomorrow is election day in the United States of America.  It’s the day we choose who will be our president for the next four years.  Let’s see how the B&P neighborhood compares to the electorate.

If the election were held today who would you vote to be the next president of the United States?




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